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HERSTORY

November 11, 2015 Uncategorized 1

The Symbol A Mother The March Usually in my blog I talk about art I am either working on or have finished.  Today, however, I am relating a different kind of story—a saga that has been ongoing for 38 years and to which a symbol or logo has been ascribed:  a white headscarf. Every single Thursday a group of mothers, sisters, and relatives, wearing white headscarves, and called the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, march around the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. ... Read more


CALIFORNIA FIRES AND GLOBAL WARMING

September 17, 2015 Uncategorized 0

 BURNING COAL  22″w x 30″h acrylic on paper  IS IT HERE? MY HOUSE? 22″w x 30″h acrylic on paper BURN  30″w x 22″h acrylic on paper   Global warming’s effects hit hard and furiously this last week here in northern California.  Destructive wildfires burned with an intensity not seen before. Hundreds of homes were lost, people died, and hundreds of thousands of acres of land burned.  Our governor, Jerry Brown, said that the “raging wildfires in recent weeks draw attention to global warming, highlighting links between hot, dry conditions... Read more


SUMMER TRAVELS AND FOUR PAINTINGS

August 15, 2015 Uncategorized 0

COAL USED UP FOUR CANVAS PANELS  16″ x 16″  OIL   Summer Travels and Four Paintings My recent travels transported me from the shores of California to the beaches of New England; from the seaside in France, Malta, Sardinia, and Italy to the blue waters in Greece.   Along the way I took many photographs, some of which I am hoping will eventually be incorporated into my artwork.   As I went from place to place, I kept my eyes wide open to see and experience what culture... Read more


PAINTING NATURE

June 10, 2015 Uncategorized 1

Monterey, Ca. (Oil) 8″h x 10″w Hawaii-2015 (Oil) 10″w x 8″h Georgia’s Mountain in Abiquiu, New Mexico (Oil) 8″w x 10″h   Can you imagine 700 plein air artists gathered in one place for five days to teach, learn, have fun and collaborate? This past April I experienced such an event in beautiful Monterey, California. I chose to attend this convention with some of the masters of plein air painting because I felt an urgent need to paint outside of my studio walls to look,... Read more


COAL AS SUBJECT

February 11, 2015 Uncategorized 0

 Pen and Ink Sketch 5″ x 4″ Burning Coal   Acrylic 9″ x 10″ Looking Inside  22″ x 30″   Concern, thought, observation and creativity fuel my artistic work…and speaking of “fuel”, the worrisome harm caused by continued mining, transporting and burning of coal remains at the top of my list of subject matters to paint.  My personal experience of deep concern over the damage wrought by the burning and transporting of coal began with a train ride through Poland in 2009 when I was distressed by... Read more


ONE COAL CAR

January 15, 2015 Uncategorized 1

And the painting goes on… I wondered, now that 2015 is here, whether I would continue referencing in my art the concern I have for the pollution and destruction caused by burning, mining and transporting of coal.  The subject matter can get depressing, especially when one realizes that almost all the US coal transported and exported to Asia goes to the greatest polluters:  China, Japan, India and South Korea. Check out DP Coal Exports:  http://www.dpcoalexports.com/about-us/our-mission/ Nonetheless, I decided to keep  on truckin’ and continue to paint art work... Read more


ART AND APPALACHIA’S BIG COAL DAMAGE

December 19, 2014 Uncategorized 0

Black Bird, a song that foretells a coal miner’s death. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgGT89_aEWA   I painted this blackbird in January of 2014 just as I began a year-long series of artworks depicting the harm wrought by the mining, transportation, burning and disposal of coal. While creating these paintings in my studio I played over and over  the sad and heartbreaking coal mining songs from a 2007 “Music of Coal” CD set I would highly recommend listening to if you are interested.   Today, Robert Kennedy Jr., in... Read more


The Circle

November 14, 2014 Uncategorized 1

What can a simple circle denote?     Here is a calligraphic copy of one of venerable Thich Nhat Hanh’s circle meditations: “In Zen Buddhism, an ensō (円相 , “circle”?) is a circle that is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.  The ensō symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and mu (the void). It is characterized by a minimalism born of Japanese aesthetics“. (Wikipedia) I very recently was in Japan and experienced first hand the art and simplicity found in Zen Buddhist monasteries.  I... Read more


Painting at the End of Summer in New Mexico

October 13, 2014 Uncategorized 1

Sunrise at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico Watercolor 12″ x 10″   Sculpture of the Mountains Watercolor 12″ x 10″   The beauty of the mountains and land in Abiquiu, New Mexico inspired these two watercolors that I painted with immense pleasure.  I spent a week at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu just at the end of summer this year and painted every day in those glorious surroundings. “To me it is the best place in the world,” Georgia O’Keeffe said (at 94) of Ghost Ranch.  I tend... Read more


AIR

September 17, 2014 Uncategorized 0

BLUE SKY and TWO BLACK BUILDINGS Acrylic painting 30″w x 40″h   This is the second in a new painting series calling attention to the air we breathe.  These works are part of a larger group of work I began in January reflecting my concern about the burning, transportation, and mining of coal. A recent article posted by the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology carries the title  “Air Pollution Linked to Cognitive Decline in Older Adults”.  I feel that my “Blue Sky and Two Black... Read more